Is your RV dealership struggling with robberies and vandalism? Are you considering security guards to protect your dealership against these issues? Many businesses assume that live security personnel offer the best protection for their commercial properties. Many continue to rely on them to prevent break-ins, burglaries and vandalism. While having security personnel on your site may make you, employees, and customers feel better, here’s the simple truth:
Relying on security guards as your first line of perimeter defense is just not good enough.
Here are Five Reasons Why:
1: Large Sites are Hard to Protect. RV dealerships have huge perimeters, multiple access points and valuable assets to protect. An individual guard can only be in one place at a time. While a guard is checking one side of your lot, they may be totally unaware of what’s happening at the other side until it’s too late. Even multiple guards may be unable to stop a break-in or delay vandalism until police arrive.
2: Remote Locations are Even Harder to Protect. If your RV dealership is in a remote location, it presents even more serious challenges. For one thing, you may have trouble finding personnel who want work there, due to lengthy commutes and lack of nearby amenities. If an incident occurs, police will be hard-pressed to respond in a timely manner, leaving guards on their own. Geographic features may also make it difficult to monitor the site. Combined, these factors make your remote dealership an attractive target for thieves and vandals.
3: Security Guards are Expensive. According to Salary.com, the average annual salary for an unarmed security guard is about $32,700—and that’s just salary; not including benefits. How many security guards do you need to protect your dealership? What about entrances and attached buildings? The more security guards you need to hire, the higher your overall wage costs. Salaries aren’t the only cost, you also must pay for recruiting, training, liability insurance, patrol vehicles and more. Then there’s the often-overlooked cost of employee turnover. The security business has notoriously high turnover, which means high costs for constantly hiring and training new people. Add it all up and you’ll see that security guard protection can really burn up your budget. Sure, you can outsource security, but the company providing the guards faces the same issues and passes their costs along to you. If they experience high turnover coupled with a shortage of experienced candidates to fill those positions, you may get guards that aren’t properly qualified to protect your dealership.
4: It’s Difficult to Find Personnel with the Right Qualifications. Security work can be physically demanding, so you need to hire guards who are in good health and bodily condition. Personnel must be responsible— they must show up every day, on time, and not fall asleep on the graveyard shift. They must be temperamentally suited to respond appropriately to any incidents on your property. Finally, they must be mentally able to deal with the boredom of routine patrols, while always alert and prepared to respond quickly to intrusions and other threats. RV dealerships are unique because guards must deal with protecting assets, stopping vandalism and making sure homeless people are not sleeping in RVs. In addition, it’s your responsibility to ensure that security hires get the proper training and certifications to stay in compliance and minimize any potential liability to your dealership.
5: Security Guards can be Spread Too Thin. “Security” is a broad term, and security guards are asked to do a lot. In addition to patrolling perimeters, they must check buildings, assets on the property and respond to any suspicious activity. If your dealership has a large perimeter, you must choose how to deploy your guards. The more guards assigned to monitor the perimeter, the fewer available to protect everything else on your property. You can add other security measures, like alarms. But the costs of such a piecemeal approach can do real damage to your budget and still be ineffective.
Are You Ready to ‘AMP’ up your Perimeter and Protect Your RV Dealership from Would-Be Thieves?
Now that you know the drawbacks of relying on security guards to protect your RV dealership, it may be time to ‘AMP’ up your perimeter protection. AMAROK’s multiple, integrated layers of deterrence deliver better value in terms of both cost and results.
- It all starts with an intimidating, 10-foot, solar-powered electric fence built inside your perimeter fence. This delivers a safe, but effective, 7,000-volt shock for anyone willing to test it. Contact also triggers a blaring alarm and sends an alert to our monitoring center, where a trained response team provides verification of any attempted breach.
- Our security is cost-effective. On average, AMAROK customers pay $950 for a comprehensive solution, versus $10,000 a month for a few security guards. And we cover your entire perimeter, around the clock. No need to wonder if a criminal is entering one end of your RV property while your guards are busy somewhere else.
- You pay no costs for construction, installation, or maintenance—just one low monthly fee based on the size, scale, and customized needs of your property.
AMAROK provides dependable and efficient commercial security solutions for more than 4,000 truck yards, warehouses, automotive lots, offices, and other facilities across the country.
To gain peace of mind knowing that your RV dealership is protected, give our team a call at (800) 432-6391 or reach us online to receive a free site evaluation for a perimeter security system.
AMAROK™ is a full-perimeter security company based in Columbia, South Carolina, that provides commercial security services throughout the United States and Canada. Specializing in electric fencing and perimeter security systems for commercial properties, AMAROK also provides supplemental surveillance solutions, including cameras, lights, and alarms. Together, these business security services form the ultimate crime prevention solution for any business.